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A dangerous time

In 1787 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor, wrote about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years prior. “A democracy is temporary in nature. It cannot exist permanently. It survives until the voters discover they can vote for candidates who will dispense the most benefits from the public treasury. Every democracy will collapse due to loose fiscal policy. History proves that past democracies have lasted 200 years and have progressed through the following sequence: (1) bondage to spiritual faith, (2) faith to great courage, (3) courage to liberty, (4) liberty to abundance, (5) abundance to complacency, (6) complacency to apathy, (7) apathy to dependence, (8) dependence back into bondage.”

Professor Joseph Olson of St. Paul, Minn., provides the following on the 2000 presidential election: Population of counties won by Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million. Square miles of land won by Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000. States won by Gore: 19; Bush: 29. Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1.

Olson believes the United States is now between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy. Some 40 percent of the nation’s population has reached the “dependency” phase.



Thomas Crosswhite

Grass Valley


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